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MOTHER

2:40

Tuesday, October 29

おかあさん (Okaasan)

Director Mikio Naruse
Cast Kinuyo Tanaka, Kyôko Kagawa, Eiji Okada
Screenplay Yûko Mizuki | Cinematography Hiroshi Suzuki
1952 | Japan | 35mm print courtesy The Japan Foundation Film Library | approx. 98 min. | In Japanese with English subtitles

“Mother, are you really happy?” wonders daughter Kyôko Kagawa in voice-over, as Kinuyo Tanaka battles to keep her dry cleaning business going. A true slice of life, with the potential mawkishness of the haha-mono (“mother picture” genre) elided.